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Seeds Bonanza and Bargains

Val on Plot 23 suggested this first announcement. Thanks Val.

A couple of people have said they would like some Sutherland Kale seeds. This is a heritage variety Val grew organically which produced a huge amount of seed.

The Kale is a soft type which is very hardy to grow but wilts down like spinach when cooked and has a good flavour. I’ve put a biscuit tin of seed in the Octagon so that anyone who wants seed can take as much as they need.

While on the subject of seeds, don’t forget that within our Dobies’s Group Scheme, GFAA plotters and volunteers can receive a 40% discount on their seeds and 10% on other purchases. Copies of the catalogue and the necessary unique to GFAA discount code can be found in the Octagon, or email Norman (gfaawebhelper@gmail.com) if you prefer to order online and need the code sent to you.

Grow Wild Seed Kits


Greenspace Scotland’s latest e-bulletin contained this reminder:

Grow Wild is giving you the opportunity to apply for a free wildflower seed kit, with everything you need to get your group sowing and growing. You don’t need growing experience, just enthusiasm, a shared space to transform and a group of people to help make it happen! Apply using the online form and in March 2019 they’ll take you on a growing journey. Bring more colour and wildlife to your community, school or workplace next Spring! Deadline 8 February“.

These free seeds could help us refresh our Wildflower Garden and seed the North Bank that we have started to develop. I’m delighted to report Ron (Plot 65a) has taken this in hand and put an application in for GFAA.

A wee reminder of how glorious our wildflower area can look.

RHS Greening Grey Britain

The RHS has launched a new funding and support initiative called, “Greening Grey Britain with Communities in 2019”. They are looking for new projects that will bring seasoned community gardeners together with young green-fingered recruits. To the right projects, they are offering expert hands-on support and up to £500 worth of plants and materials.

New beginnings full of promise

In their own words, they say, “Imagine forgotten littered corners reborn as vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down storm water or disused areas becoming productive gardens, with food to share with the community”.

Projects have to fit with one or more of three themes.

  • Grow for people
  • Grow for the planet
  • Grow for wildlife

Thinking of our own site, several areas spring to mind as being ripe for development. Is anyone itching to take up the challenge of building a bid or have ideas for possible projects?

More information is available on the RHS website.

New Beginnings

Happy New Year! Can we possibly hope for another growing season and summer like 2018? Of course, we can!

These poor soul popped their heads up only yesterday and look what they met today.

Luckily, snowdrops are clearly born optimists and know just what they are doing, so I am sure they will be fine.

Talking about born optimists, this is usually the time of year that we plotters turn our attention to buying our seeds for the coming spring. Remember, as GFAA members you are entitled to a 40% discount on all seed purchased from Dobies. Copies of their 2019 catalogue are available in the Octagon along with an order form containing the necessary discount code. If you prefer to browse and buy online, email gfaawebhelper@gmail.com and I will be pleased to send you the discount code.

The Council is about to allocate plots to new plotters, so we will soon be seeing fresh starts made on a number of plots. Phil Wilkie (Plot 35) asks that anyone with a half plot who would like to move up to a full plot should get in touch with him ASAP.

{I am aware of some typos in this item, but for some reason, the new Editor in WordPress does not ‘remember’ edits. Please bear with me.}

Dobbin rides to the rescue

Well, not exactly ‘rides’ to the rescue, but no matter, read on ….

Worried about a shortage of organic matter in the coming season? Did you miss out on all of the excellent leaf mould and cow dung last year?  Are you trying the ‘no-dig’ approach, but are short of home-grown compost?  No worries, a solution is at hand.

Brian (Plot 62) has a secret source of high-octane, but well-rotted, horse manure:  guaranteed to give your tatties just the boost they need.  Apparently, the supply is near-endless and the quality unquestioned. Straight from the horses’ ????!!!!

If you are interested in having some, please contact Brian.  If you can’t see him in person, pin a dated message to his gate.  He hopes to organise a delivery before or after Christmas – depending on interest and demand.  First-come, first-served.

However, there is no such thing as a free dump in this world, and if you want to benefit, you have to volunteer to help with collection, delivery or distribution on site.  Form an orderly queue, please!

Sorry, but I am short of copyright free horse images!

Big thanks go to Brian for being willing to take this on.

 

New Dobies catalogues and discount code available

Copies of the catalogue and code are now available in the Octagon.  The new code replaces the old one which is now no longer usable. Email me if you’d like the code without having to visit the Octagon.

The scheme operates as before.  Repeated orders can be placed throughout the year. Plotters get 40% off seed orders and 10% off everything else.  Orders are delivered directly to the individual.  Orders can be placed by post using the form provided, or by telephone or online, but you must use the code at the time of ordering – retrospective claims are not allowed.  In addition, GFAA gets a 10% return on all orders placed.

Please remember, this is Dobies the seed merchant and not Dobbies the Garden Centre chain, so the discount is not available locally.  Believe me, I’ve tried – all very embarrassing!

 

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